Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - EATING -

Trac­ing its roots to Hakata, the birth­place of ra­men, and founded by mul­ti­ple-award win­ning chef Shigemi Kawa­hara, Ip­pudo is def­i­nitely the pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion for ra­men. Each ‘cos­mos in a bowl’ is the per­fect meal with a rich pork broth, springy hand­crafted noo­dles, lus­cious soft-boiled eggs, juicy pan-fried pork and freshly chopped chives.

While ra­men is at the core of the menu, Ip­pudo’s mouth-wa­ter­ing ap­pe­tis­ers are stars in their own right. Avail­able at the Pav­il­ion KL out­let, the Soft Shell Crab Bun sees a whole deep-fried crab en­sconced be­tween cloud­like bread, while the Sweet Corn Tem­pura strikes the per­fect bal­ance be­tween sweet, salty and umami. Also try the Ja­panese best­seller Takoy­aki – each morsel con­ceals a juicy chunk of squid and is topped with bonito flakes. Try also the Lasagna Gy­oza where pasta is re­placed by gy­oza in melted cheese and tomato sauce topped with a poached egg.

For some­thing more deca­dent, head to Ip­pudo at Bangsar Shop­ping Cen­tre where menu items show­case the di­ver­sity and cre­ativ­ity Ip­pudo is famed for. The Amaebi & Av­o­cado starter sees the fresh­est Ja­panese sweet shrimp served with diced av­o­cado and a wasabi dress­ing; while the Soft Shell Crab Rice Pa­per Roll is the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of deep­fried soft shell crab wrapped in rice pa­per with crisp salad ac­com­pa­nied by spicy mayo. Fu­sion cui­sine gets an ap­pre­cia­tive nod with the Spicy Pork Ta­cos and Sa­mu­rai Pork Ribs with a caramel and mar­malade sauce.

An ap­peal­ing deal for saké fans is the saké pair­ing set (RM29), which matches three sakés of vary­ing tastes with small bites like salmon roll with av­o­cado, mush­room wrapped in ba­con and a spicy chicken wing. Note that this deal is only avail­able at the Bangsar Shop­ping Cen­tre out­let.

There’s a rea­son why Ip­pudo is one of the most suc­cess­ful and pop­u­lar Ja­panese chains glob­ally – its abil­ity to re­tain its culi­nary tra­di­tions with the ra­men and to cater to the pro­gres­sive tastes of din­ers us­ing in­no­va­tive recipes and fresh in­gre­di­ents have won it loyal fans all over the world.

Pav­il­ion KL (03 2110 6233); Bangsar Shop­ping Cen­tre (02 2011 6238); The Gar­dens Mall (03 2201 6238/ www.ip­pudo.com.my).

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